How excited are you about all the tattoo conventions coming up this year, all over the world?! The Amsterdam Tattoo Convention (May 30 – June 1, 2014) is always a fun international event, as if you needed another reason to visit Amsterdam! This is part one of a collection of photos from the 2012 convention to show the types of amazing artists and interesting people you can expect to see!
Photos by Vivian Wenli Lin
Here’s Mikael from House of Pain Tattoo (Stockholm) and a Las Vegas tattoo in progress:
Tiziano Ripanti from Tattoo Experience (Ancona, Italy) specializes in hyper-realistic black and grey portrait tattoos.
This black and grey backpiece is based on a black and white photo of this guy’s small hometown in Italy, Monte Ferrante, and shows his grandfather playing cards.
The big picture:
Every artist’s booth at the Amsterdam Tattoo Convention is invited to decorate a wooden show and enter it into a competition. Here’s Santos of Santos Tattoo (Gallarate, Italy) inking his Polynesian style entry!
…and more Polynesian-style tattooers! Here’s the crew from Mana Tahiti Tatau, a fun and happy bunch as you can see! They have a shop in Salzburg, Austria and three locations in France: Toulon, Bordeaux, and Biscarrosse.
Here’s Shin from Easy Ink in Japan, excited to tour the American tattoo conventions next!
Wim, a cute Dutch guy from the eastern Netherlands, couldn’t wait for Horigen from Yashink Tattoo Studio (Japan) to come to the Amsterdam expo so he could get inked in the traditional poking style and made his appointment months in advance. He wanted this style because the colors get in deeper, even though he knew it would hurt more!
One of my personal favorite discoveries at this show was Maxxxine from The Preacher’s Son tattoo studio in Amsterdam. She’s a cool lady and I loved her new school Amsterdam style!
And it’s not just tattoos, folks! Lots of inspiring street art, sculptures, and fine arts happening right before your eyes!
Have a look at Part Two with more photos from the 2012 Amsterdam Tattoo Convention, and start making your plans for this year’s expo!
–Miss Psychobilly Bass